Review and Giveaway: Playful Learning
I’m the mother of a 15 month old son, and lately, I’ve been thinking (or realizing) that I need to be more deliberate with how I am teaching him and what I am teaching him. It’s great that he is able to play, explore, and find out new things all on his own, but I want to feel like I had some part with what he is learning. I want to guide his play to maximize the learning capabilities. (Hey, I’m a woman, everything should multitask, right?)
|from Playful Learning|
So that’s why it was so great that Tiffany and I stumbled upon this book Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl. The whole idea of the book is to create learning experiences through the medium of play in such a way that even the kids don’t really realize how much they are gaining from that experience. It’s just like sneaking the veggies into the chocolate cake, only it’s learning into play.
I loved reading about how the author introduced these playful learning experiences to her kids. She talked about being receptive to how her kids were feeling or what they were already interested in. And then, if the timing and the environment was right, she would jump into the activity that she had pre-planned. And I think that is such a key concept. While I am only just starting out on the planning activities front for Sebastian, I have already met a few failures where I had decided that it was time to do this particular activity, but he was not interested and so it fell flat, and I ended up losing confidence and motivation. So it was so nice to hear from a been-there, done-that mother that had found a working solution.
Mariah Bruehl also takes the time at the beginning of each chapter to talk about the different stages of learning in each of the categories she dives into. It is so helpful to know, beforehand, where my child is and where I am looking for him to be going. I need that kind of direction.
So, even though most of these activities would be better suited for children older than 15 months, I did find some activities that I am excited to incorporate into our form of play. One was the Alphabet Search. This has the child looking around the house for items for each letter of the alphabet and taking pictures of them in order to make a book. Now Sebastian might not be able to help me find the pictures yet, but I think he will thoroughly enjoy seeing pictures of his natural habitat. And if I can teach him his ABCs at the same time, yay for momma. 🙂
|The beginnings of our Alphabet Search|
Another activity that I thought would be great for Sebastian now is the Family Puppet Theater. This one also involves pictures, but of each family member. You make popsicle stick puppets of each member, and for older children, this can be a teaching tool about role-playing and understanding each other. But for Sebastian, I think he will enjoy watching miniature Mommy and Daddy bounce around.
And since we enjoyed this book so much, we have the pleasure of offering one up to you for free. (So thank you, Playful Learning!) Here’s what you have to do to have a chance to win:
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